Who are the Docents?
Museum docents play a vital role at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Docents are knowledgeable about the varied exhibitions at the museum and its permanent collection and serve a variety of roles such as providing information about exhibits and artists to museum visitors and guiding tours.
Docents are available at these times each week:
Thursdays: 11 am - Noon and 2 - 3 pm
Saturdays: 11 am - Noon and 1 - 2 pm
Sundays: 1 - 2 pm
Pre-scheduled Docent-led group-tours
are not available at this time.
Meet The Docents
Peter Adams grew up in Boston and attended college there. He remembers going to the Museum of Fine Arts on Tuesday evenings, where he met many interesting people and saw a lot of beautiful art. His appreciation of the arts extends to his family: One of his daughters is a ballerina with the New York City Ballet. Peter has been a Cape resident since 1976. He is married to a Cape Codder and conveniently lives within walking distance of the Museum.
Gail M. Burke, Ph.D., was active in the arts at a young age. Early experiences augmented by education in the arts instilled a firm foundation, encouraged expression, and nurtured a deep and abiding love of art. She paints with oils, acrylics, and mixed media, creating landscapes, figural representations, mythological-allegorical pieces, and still life art; and she ventures into the abstract on occasion. Gail enjoys painting en plein air, immersed in nature, studying the effects of changing light. She also enjoys photography. She served as a Teacher, Team and Curriculum Leader, school district Union President, and CEO of the Massachusetts Reading Association. Since restructuring her life to live full-time on Cape Cod, Gail has been studying art - its history, criteria for appraisal, movements and styles, techniques, methods, color and composition, oil painting, and water media painting. She has served as a Docent since 2010.
Maureen Callahan has been a Docent since 2013. She retired to Cape Cod from upstate New York, where she enjoyed a career in business as a bank executive, and served as President and Executive Vice President of two non-profit foundations. She has always had a strong interest in art, but retirement has allowed her time to explore new creative interests and develop her painting skills. She is a member of and has exhibited in juried and member shows at a number of Cape art organizations, and has served on the Brewster Cultural Council since 2011.
Maria Consoli Ianzito relocated to Cape Cod 25 years ago from Longmeadow, MA. On Cape she reinvented herself from being a history teacher to pursuing art, which she had done in college. She studied with master teachers such as Jean Tucker, Theresa Welsh Baska, Loretta Finney, and Charles Slovak. Her style evolved from impressionist to simple colorist. Her goal is to evoke vivid memories and harmony with the world around her as she plays with color. Her work has appeared in juried shows at the Chatham Cultural Center and has won prizes at the Cape Cod Art Association. She also has pieces in the art collection of Cape Cod Hospital. She has taught art privately, and participated in art demonstrations for the Friends of the CMFA and Yarmouth Art Guild.
Barbara Cole became a Docent in 2012. She has always loved the arts and is especially passionate about music. Her membership in the Chatham Chorale has afforded her many years of joy and a continued love of learning works of the great Masters. Barbara grew up in Springfield, MA, and graduated from UMASS, Amherst, with a BA in Education. She participated in graduate level courses throughout her 28 year career at the South Yarmouth Elementary School, retiring in 2001. She has a sincere interest in how artists think, live, work and thrive. She enjoys sharing the history of one of America’s major art colonies, Provincetown, and the works by outstanding artists associated with the Cape and the Islands.
Diane Depczenski joined the Docents in 2018. Growing up with easy access to New York City's Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Diane’s passion for the breadth of the arts began at a very early age. Over the years, her penchant for lifelong learning led Diane to live and travel extensively in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. A washashore since the early 80's, Diane has been an active member of the Dennis Conservation Trust. Additionally, Diane is a member of the Cape Cod Museum Art Guild, and a volunteer for the Cape Playhouse Gala Committee. When she isn’t traveling or exploring new developments in nutrition and the culinary arts, Diane can be found raising funds for the causes and institutions that have captured her heart and soul.
Carolyn Duch joined the Docents in 2013. Originally from New Jersey, she fulfilled a childhood dream by moving to the Cape in 2007. Some of her more interesting endeavors have included voiceovers and home organizing. She has sung with several distinguished choral groups, her preference being classical music. A recent passion for photography led to her work being shown at Cotuit Center for the Arts, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and this Museum. Carolyn serves the Museum as an officer with both the Docents and the Guild. She enjoys theatre, dancing, and being a newlywed. She met her husband Gary through this very Museum!
Elinor Freedman is an artist who relocated from north of Boston to East Dennis, where she is inspired by the beauty of the landscape and the creative energy of fellow artists. While Ellie has explored a variety of mediums, she is drawn to the vibrancy and immediacy of pastels, to which she has focused her current work. Ellie is a juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Center, a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists and the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the Yarmouth Art Guild, Arts Collaborative of Wakefield, and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, for which she has served as a board member and coordinates a scholarship program for high school students aspiring to a career in the arts. Ellie has volunteered at the Museum since 2012, as a front desk ambassador and Docent, and she co-facilitated the training of new Docents.
Barbara Gray has made art appreciation an important element in her life for years. A native of Pittsburgh, she spent her high school years in London, and as a teenager traveled frequently throughout Europe, enjoying some of the finest art museums in the world. She studied art history at Penn State, trained and served as a Docent at the MFA in Springfield, MA, and volunteered in the “Art Goes to School” program when her children were in elementary school. A Realtor for 29 years, Barbara and her husband retired to the Cape in 2012. She became a Docent in 2014, and she also volunteers at CCMoA as a Museum Educator in the “Art & Conversation” Alzheimer’s program.
Mary Ann Harward was a Public Administrator in Connecticut for 34 years before retiring to Cape Cod in 2014. Mary Ann holds a graduate degree in Social Work from The University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctor Degree in Law from Western New England School of Law in Springfield, MA. Always an avid appreciator and supporter of the arts, Mary Ann is a member of the Chatham Creative Arts Center and former member of Wesleyan Potters. She has made silver jewelry pieces and now works on beaded creations. Involvement in the creative arts extends to her children: Her daughter recently completed the re-design of the North American Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. Mary Ann’s son designs learning programs for children with physical disabilities in Oregon.
Priscilla Hutchinson’s ties to Cape Cod began at an early age while spending part of each summer in Dennis. Her return as a full time resident in 2007 brought her full circle to a place she has always considered home. Priscilla graduated from U Mass Amherst where she majored in art. Following a number of years teaching art, she studied interior design at the New York School of Interior Design. She combined her love of art and history to establish an antiques business that she has operated for forty years while living in a variety of places, most recently in Wiscasset, Maine. Visiting museums and galleries wherever she has lived or traveled has deepened her understanding and appreciation of the fine and decorative arts. She has two children.
Deborah E. Blackman Jacobs, a Docent at CCMoA for many years, is an impressionist-representational painter who works in oils, watercolors and acrylics. An essential activity for her is meeting weekly with artist friends to paint together, encourage each other, “break bread” with one another and solve the problems of the world. Deborah delights in her Docent role, sharing information about materials, styles and art history. She graduated from Brooklyn College - City University of New York, and did her graduate work at Boston University. She loves studying, reading and taking classes such as art history, techniques of the old masters, ancient Chinese and Japanese literature. She is a retired psychologist. She and her husband live in Brewster but spend time in Brookline, which enables them to easily visit with their four grown children and their grandchildren.
Corinne Martinage has always been interested in art and art history. Retiring to the Cape in 1996, she pursued this interest by taking Art History classes at Cape Cod Community College, Snow Library and PAMM with Tracey Anderson, and at Cape Cod Museum of Art with Elizabeth Ives Hunter. As an enthusiastic Docent at CCMoA, she enjoys the opportunity to continue and develop her art/art history interests. Corinne is a graduate of Newton Wellesley School of Nursing and worked as an RN at Mass General and Lahey Clinic. She is married and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Judy McElroy, a retired nurse, worked in major teaching hospitals in Boston for over 40 years, in both staff and management positions. Areas of practice included Emergency Critical Care and OR. She traveled extensively in Europe, Middle East, and India in the mid 1970's. This exposure plus a life-long interest in Art/Architecture led to a degree in Art History. She joined the Docent team at CCMoA in 2013, providing an opportunity to explore the rich heritage of Cape Cod art.
Christina Petruska and her husband became full-time Cape residents in 2010. They have been active Museum members and volunteers since 2005. Christina is Vice President Emerita of Rider University in New Jersey, where she was a member of the administration for over 25 years. She received a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University and spent her Junior Year Abroad in Oxford, England – an opportunity to travel widely and visit some of the most extraordinary museums in the world. Christina has been an avid art lover since childhood, and is delighted to be learning about the rich and storied art environment on the Cape.
Barbara Potzka earned a teaching degree in Elementary Education, with certification as an Art teacher, and enjoyed a thirty-four year career in elementary education. She loved incorporating art throughout her curriculum and she believed that through art, children’s voices can be heard. In 2012, Barbara was trained as a Docent, and she has embraced the challenges of learning about art, history, artists and techniques. Recently, Barbara participated as a co-facilitator of the Museum's Docent training program.
Karen Pryce moved to the Cape in 2010. One of her first endeavors was to immerse herself in the Docent training program at CCMoA. Although she had no prior knowledge of the breadth of art on the Cape, she quickly learned what a wealth of material there is here. Karen enjoys sharing her new found love with fellow Docents and visitors to the Museum. Karen earned her BA in psychology at the University of Vermont. Her work history is varied. She has been a lending officer, financial aid officer, and interior decorator for such major companies as Thomasville, Hitchcock and Ethan Allan. Karen has since retired and is pursuing her artistic side by plein air pairing with friends. Karen is married with two children.
Ann Wolf became a Docent in 2014. A native of South Weymouth, MA, she enjoys yoga, golf, biking, and traveling. She attended Marymount College where an art appreciation course led to a greater interest in the subject. She has a Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education and a CAGS degree in Special Education. Spending six years in New York gave her many opportunities to visit museums and learn more about art. In 1981 she joined the Dennis-Yarmouth School System as a Special Education teacher. In collaboration with the art teacher there, she often accompanied students to the Museum of Fine Arts, and she shared in their enthusiastic responses to actually viewing the paintings they had been studying. Her role as a Docent provides her a great means to continue to learn about and enjoy art.
Christine Young joined the Docents in 2018. She has always been interested in the arts. For 7 years she was a museum guide at the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. She spent childhood summer vacations in Dennisport, and more recently in Wellfleet. She now lives on Cape Cod full time. She had a design service, Panache Interiors, and hopes to continue offering this service on the Cape. She was also a Realtor in the Cambridge and Somerville area for 20 years. She is a world traveler.